Greg Moore, 25, of Brookwood, Alabama and Chris Siglin, 22, of Clayton, California have been chosen as semi-finalists in the Team Hammer Talent Search Presented by Alpinestars.
Moore and Siglin will both be outfitted with Alpinestars leathers, boots and gloves in Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki colors and will have the use of Valvoline EMGO Suzuki racebikes, mechanics and Michelin tires at the Suzuki GSX-R750 Cup Finals held in conjunction with the WERA Grand National Finals October 29-November 2 at Road Atlanta. The rider who finishes best in the Suzuki GSX-R750 Cup Final at Road Atlanta will take home a race-prepped 2003 GSX-R750.
Moore and Siglin were chosen based on the judging criteria announced at the beginning of the season. Judging in the program was based on each rider’s ability to be competitive at a variety of racetracks, their improvement during the 2003 season and their results in designated special events at Daytona, Mid-Ohio and Barber as well as in AMA, F-USA and WERA National Series events.
Early results saw five riders immediately stand out in the program, including Moore, Siglin, Darren Luck, Jack Pfeifer and John Ross. But Moore’s performance in the designated special event at Mid-Ohio and Siglin’s performance in the designated special event at Barber helped them in the judging, as did their improvement throughout the 2003 season. Conversely, Ross’ injury-forced early-season layoff, Pfeifer’s injury-forced mid-season layoff and Luck’s disqualification from an AMA Supersport National for running what officials said was an oversize engine, hurt them in the judging. Complicating matters, Siglin started racing a Yamaha as well as his Suzuki late in the season, but only his Suzuki results were considered in final judging. The final judging between Siglin and Pfeifer was extremely close, with special-event performance and improvement during the season making the difference. Pfeifer, 35, is from Las Vegas, while Ross, 39, is from San Antonio and Luck, 28, is from Bonita Springs, Florida.
Other participants in the program showed substantial improvement over the course of the season, but their results in the designated special events and in National races hurt them in the final judging.
Other program participants included Matt Elliott, 17, of Blountville, Tennessee; Ivan Garza, 26, of El Paso, Texas; Paolo Mariano, 22, of Canyon Country, California; and Mathew Wise, 24, of McKinney, Texas.
The Team Hammer Talent Search Presented By Alpinestars is run by Team Hammer, Inc., which races as Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki. The team’s administrative offices are in Lake Elsinore, California, and the team’s race shop is located in Athens, Alabama.